July 24th Dathun Teaching:
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Pranayama:
108 Sweet & Simple Breaths
                                           
    Meditation for Yoga Sutra 1.44   
                           
Sitting Practice to Savasana
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Welcome to the Dathun: 

 

A "dathun" (dah-thoon) is a retreat of several days for intentional study

and practice, usually introspective in nature.

With daily practices, a dathun is a time of integration, a time to harvest and make the practices and teachings your own.

Today's Practice: Sutra 1.44
Merging of Reflection & Spontaneous Clarity

Sutra 1.41 begins the Layers of Samadhi Experience grouping of sutras. These sutras describe the how and whys of Samadhi as a yogic state. The first step is to realize the indestructible, transparent nature of the refuge of the Heart. 

Sutra 1.42 offers the "You Are Here"

dot on the Samadhi Map:

Embodying the Living Dimensional Aspect of Awareness. 

The first layer of Samadhi reveals how our consciousness 

is a reflection of all around us. 

Sutra 1.43 reveals how the "veils" of our conditioning fall away, sometimes just for a glimpse and at other times for much longer, for an experience of Nirvitarka Samadhi, without bias, without reactions, just us in experiential relationship with all around us. 

Sutra 1.44 teaches how the 3rd layer of Samadhi is a combination of reflection AND falling away into spontaneous clarity. The two

swirl and spiral together, preparing us and holding us in bliss. 

Balance by Ellen Beaugard

Breath Study Day 24: July 24
Begin with 108 Breaths: Sweet & Simple
Breath 108 Inhales and 108 Exhales. 
You may want to use a Mala to accompany your practice. 
You could begin in another way if you wish, or do less
Sweet & Simple Breaths as inspired. 
A teaching to accompany your 
108 Sweet Breath Meditation: 
Pour one breath into the other, 
Out-breath into the in-breath
Into the out-breath.
The external exchange. 
In the harmony of fusion
Where one rhythm turns into the other,
Awaken into equilibrium,
The Dawn of Oneness. 
The Radiance Sutras #41
(Roche, 2008) 
Yoga Sutras Day 24: July 24
(Note for Mobile Users: An Archive of the Sutra Teachings can be found on the DeskTop Version at July Dathun Links Archive) 
 
For Day 24, we will explore Sutra 1:44:
Merging of Reflection & Clarity
 
Sutra 1.41 begins the Layers of Samadhi Experience grouping of sutras. These sutras describe the how and whys of Samadhi as a yogic state. The first step is to realize the indestructible, transparent nature of the refuge of the Heart. 
Sutra 1.42 teaches us to embody the living, pulsating dimensional aspects of our awareness, and know that they change as we begin to co-create and deepen our personal relationship with all around us. The names of things are more meaningful; their unique characteristics and purpose. As we embrace the kaleidoscope nature of our reality, both internal and external, we begin to be absorbed in our awareness. This is known as Savitarka Samadhi, or reflective Samadhi (Devi, 2010). 
Sutra 1.43 tells us that once you are aware of your reflective, conditioned responses, the "veils" of fall away, sometimes just for a glimpse and at other times for much longer, for an experience of Nirvitarka Samadhi
 
Sutra 1.44 teaches how the 3rd layer of Samadhi is a combination of reflection AND falling away into spontaneous clarity. The two swirl and spiral together, preparing us and holding us in bliss. 
Our practice with this sutra is to notice the two coming together, and preparing us for a deeper experience of Samadhi. 
Here are three translations of Sutra 1.44: 
"Savitarka (reflective) and Nirvichara (Reflective) Samadhis, merge and illuminate each other." (Swami Satchidananda, 1978) 
"Specifically this process of witnessing ourself being absorbed with reflection and absorption beyond reflection (spontaneous clarity), we can more accurately describe our reality." 
(Mukunda, 2002) 
"Contemplating reflective absorption and spontaneous clarity intuitively grasps our perception of reality and beyond." (Bouanchaud, 1997)
Contemplating the Layers: 
What IS samadhi? How do the stages in the mapping model relate to your experience Samadhi? First, realizing the reflective quality of our consciousness, then secondly a layer beneath this which is entirely "us" alone? What other ways would you use to describe this? 
How is samadhi a state of absorption? Can you recall moments of being completely absorbed in a moment in time? (One might be doing an art piece and realizing an hour has gone by and you did not realize it! What might be some others for you?) 
In your studies of the Yoga Sutras, in your meditations during the Dathun, how have you experienced "nirvitarka samadhi", the falling away of the limited views of others? 
Can you perceive the reflections and impressions of the world around you as information within your nervous system? And if you meditation with that information, does it clarify in some way? Does it distill into what touches your heart and into what inspires you? Does this distillation take you into a spontaneous clarity, an absorption into who you truly are, underneath the influence of the world, and how your nervous system records and processes the loudness of the world around you? Can you "see" your layers begin to reconstitute and present themselves? Is your consciousness beginning to be dimensional and free? 

For Sutra 1.44, consider the following (if you like): 

 

What have I been told about this teaching?

Throughout the Dathun, we have been encouraged to 

make these sutras our own, gently sorting out

what you have been told they mean from

what they actually mean to you. 

What have I been told about this teaching? 

 

pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember....feel.....breathe

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal.

 

How do I relate to this teaching on my own?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal. This is 

the essence of the Dathun; what is my knowing of this teachings? 

My work centering around this sutra,

within my mind, my heart, and my body knowing? 

How does this teaching feel as a body awareness?

(pause.....breathe.....feel.....remember.....feel.....breathe.

Stay with this one for a while, perhaps journal. 

Going From Here:  

 

(some options, as you like, feel free to use others as inspired):  

Sit in Open Awareness Meditation for several moments.

Let each exhale be a "falling away" from

what you think you know to 

what is possible to know. 

 

Do several Sweet Breaths and/or 

move to an Asana practice. 

After an Open Awareness Meditation or other practice,

lie down for Savasana.

Then a Closing and Release the Practice to the Benefit of All Beings. 

Thank you for Dathun-ing! 

Becky Morrissey

developer, sangha of one

References for Yoga Sutras: 

Bharat, Ram. (2019). A Seeker's Guide to the Yoga Sutras: Modern Reflections on the Ancient Journey. Rockridge Press. USA. 

Bouanchaud, Benard. (1997). The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjail. Sri Satguru Publications. Delhi, India. 

Carrera, Jaganath. (2006). Inside the Yoga Sutras: A Comprehensive Sourcebook for Study and Practice of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, Virginia. USA. 

Devi, N. J. (2010). The secret power of yoga: A woman's guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras. Harmony.

Malchiodi, C. (2002). The Soul's Palette: Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being. Shambhala Publications. Boston, MA. USA. 

Ravikanth, B. (2012). Yoga Sutras of Patajali: Nature of the Mind, the Universe, and the True Self. Sanskrit Works. www.sanskritworks.com 

Stiles, Mukunda. (2002). Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. San Francisco, CA. USA. 

Swami Kriyananda. (2013). Demystifiying Patajali: The Yoga Sutras. Cystal Clarity Publishing. Nevada City, CA. USA. 

Swami Satchidananda. (1978). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali. Integral Yoga Publications. Yogaville, VA. USA. 

White, David. (2014). The Yoga Sutras of Patajali: A Biography. Princeton Press. Princeton, NJ. USA.

References for Historical Content and Research Sources: 

Miller-Karas, E. (2015). Building resilience to trauma: The trauma and community resiliency models. Routledge.

Moondeva. (2020). Sutra 1.36: Lotus of the Heart. https://soundcloud.com/moondeva/visoka-va-jyotishmati-mantra

Roche, L. (2008). The Radiance Sutras. Syzygy Creations, Inc. Marina Del Ray, California. 

Swami @ 48yahoo.com. (2014) Om in Various Scripts. https://tamilandvedas.com/2014/12/12/om-symbol-in-europe-2000-bce/

Zelaya, R. (2019). What is the Meaning of Om? Gaia. https://www.gaia.com/article/what-meaning-om

References for Breathing: 

Calais-Germain, Blandine. (2006). Anatomy of Breathing. Eastland Press, Seattle, WA. USA

Chaitow, Bradley, & Gilbert. (2014). Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2nd Edition. Churchhill Livingstone Elsevier Press. 

Farhi, Donna. (1996). The breathing book: Good health and vitality through essential breath work. Holt Paperbacks.

Nestor, James. (2020). Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. Riverhead Books. New York, NY. USA. 

Oshins, Linda. (2014). Pranayama: A Compendium of Practices. Yoga On High, Columbus, OH. USA. 

References for Music: 

Davison, Peter. (1999). Music for Yoga. Gaiam / Davisounds. ITunes. 

Huff, David Lyndon. (2007). Quiet Place. New Age. ITunes. 

Kent, Rolf. (2005). Miles & Maya. Sideways Soundtrak. ITunes. 

MC Yogi (2010). Shanti, Peace Out. World Records. ITunes. 

Onenesssound. (2008). Moola Mantra. Deeksha Through Music. ITunes. 

Snatnam Kaur. (2002). Prem. World. Records. ITunes. 

Shamanic Dream (2005). Anugama. Open Sky Music. ITunes. 

Sounds of Nature: Forest. (2012). Hot Ideas. ITunes. 

Wertheimer & Kadt. (2012). Worldwide. ITunes. 

Yoga Grooves (2003). Soul Food. New Age. ITunes. 

 

References for Art: 

Beauregrad, Ellen. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ellen-beauregard

NASA US. (2020). Hubble Telescope Image. www.nasa.com

Welcome Images. (2020). Mitosis: Confocal Micrograph. www.welcomeimages.com 

 

Reference for Video: 

Ephemeral RIft. (2016). The Wind in the Trees. Youtube: https://youtu.be/4KzFe50RQkQ

Yamauchi, Samyak. (2005). What is an Intuitive Painter? OPB.org. YouTube: https://youtu.be/HWYavceHeUU

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